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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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November 19, 2012 - Division

By Dave Kidd

"Did you two always have a great marriage?" This question is asked of Robin and me often. The short answer is, "No." For many of our first years of marriage, we lived divided lives.

During the time when most couples are building a life together, we were building walls. I would show love to Robin if she would agree and go along with everything I was doing, and she would show love to me if I caved and went along with what she wanted.

When either didn't happen, I would isolate myself from Robin and she would raise her voice, dishing out scoldings and shame. Both of us were horribly out of God's will for marriage.

Growing up, division was a way of life for my family. My parents lived divided lives through the years they occupied the same house and, of course, during the years they were separated. Division was my normal.

That I can be the husband and father God has called me to be in spite of my past has been one of my greatest personal experiences of God's practical grace. When I allowed God to change my heart toward Christ and toward Robin, I realized what unity is and how blessed life is when we walk in it.

"If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand" (Mark 3:25, NIV).

What are the divisions in your marriage? Or in some other close relationship? What is hindering the unity, the intimacy and the joy that should be evident in your life as a follower of Christ in all of your interactions with others?

Commit every expression of division to the lordship of Christ. Stand united with your loved ones and watch what a little unity can do.

— Dave Kidd is lead pastor at True North Church (AG) in Minerva, Ohio.

 

 

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